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Morning Express with Robin Meade

A fast, personal, and smart blend of all the news you want in the morning. We call it "News in the Fast Lane." So buckle up.

Football feast

Thanksgiving football feast

There's always that dud of an NFL game on at some point during Thanksgiving, and that's when you plan your post-meal snooze, or your 'visit-time' with grandma. But 'Nana' and your nap may have to wait because all the action is amazing today!

Morning Express with Robin Meade airs Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. ET on HLN.  Like the show on Facebook, follow Carlos Diaz on Twitter: @CarlosHLN.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26: AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 45-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers with mom Dee Dee Bonner and girlfriend Katherine Webb

Alabama quarterback's best defender: Mom

He is the first quarterback to win back-to-back titles in the BCS era. His girlfriend, Katherine Webb, is a former Miss Alabama and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. He is one of the names being floated as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.

"He" is AJ McCarron, the quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Jack Blankenship is known as "The Face" at the University of Alabama

Face it! This guy's noggin is notorious

His giant, eye-bulging grimace has become a tradition at University of Alabama sporting events. He’s even taken it on the road to try and distract the pros at games across the country. That oversized cardboard cutout face has even landed him on Conan.   

But who is the man whose mug strikes fear into the heart of not-so-easily-distracted athletes?

Rivalry Express: Countdown to LSU vs Alabama

Rivalry Express: Countdown to LSU vs Alabama

The college football world will be focused on Tuscaloosa this weekend. That’s where the Tigers of LSU and the Alabama Crimson Tide will go helmet to helmet in one of the biggest rivalries around. The tide and the tigers are both ranked in the top 10 and are familiar foes.

HLN’s Carlos Diaz sets the scene for Saturday’s “Saban Bowl.”

the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs play on neutral ground in Jacksonville, and the HLN Rivalry Express bus is there

Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic

It's Friday and you know what that means!

Time for "Rivalry Express" to get you psyched and ready for some of the biggest college football match-ups across the country.

Carlos Diaz, Brutus the Buckeye and an Ohio State Cheerleader get a tour of 'The Shoe'

This 'shoe' fits 110,000 fans

The Ohio State University Buckeyes play in one of the biggest stadiums in all of college football.

Ohio stadium is huge and it's going to be rockin' come game time Saturday when the Buckeyes take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Robin Meade joins Carlos Diaz when the Rivalry Express bus rolls into her home state of Ohio

Robin and Carlos live from Ohio Friday

Robin Meade will join Carlos Diaz in her home state of Ohio when the Rivalry Express bus rolls into Columbus this Friday ahead of the big PSU vs. OSU game!

What kind of lion is a Nittany Lion? What's a buckeye? Carlos explains and sets up the action ahead of Saturday's game.

Will Ferrell is among the stars on a long list of famous USC alumni

List of famous Trojans: Astronaut to 'Anchorman'

Notre Dame has had plenty of time on the silver screen. From “Rudy” to Ronald Regan as George ‘the Gipper’ Gipp in the story of Notre Dame coach “Knute Rockne, All American.”

But when it comes to sheer star power, it’s hard to beat the list of graduates from the University of Southern California.

Wounded Warrior project at USC vs. Notre Dame rivalry game in South Bend, Indiana

Wounded Warriors tailgate with Fighting Irish

The Fire Family Transport foundation, works with the Wounded Warrior Project to bring in veterans to South Bend, Indiana for a Notre Dame football weekend every year.

They partner with fire departments in the area to fly in Wounded Warriors, put them up in fire halls overnight, and organize a events. Including a huge tailgate party complete with police escort!

Rick Lynch was recently diagnosed with cancer, he says it's not a "serious case," but he took the diagnosis "as a sign" that there was still a lot left he wanted to do in his life.

Dad and sons tick rivalry off bucket list

This family of hard-core Notre Dame fans has been through a lot in the past year.

Rick Lynch was recently diagnosed with cancer, he says it's not a "serious case," but he took the diagnosis "as a sign" that there was still a lot left he wanted to do in his life.